Little Vessels

I have a problem.  Well, it’s more of an addiction really.  I’m addicted…to plants.  And flowers.  So because of this, I am, of course, obsessed with pots.  And terrariums.  And vases.  And anything else that can be used as little vessels for green life.  I have 24 living plants in my living room and kitchen {they’re small}.  Trust me, there would be many more, but I have a smart husband who can smooth talk anyone into and out of almost anything.  At this point though, there simply isn’t any room left.  1100 square feet only goes so far, especially when you need to, ya know, live in it.  Here are a few of my favorite gems…

Rabbit Foot Fern from Pottery Barn


Open-Face Terrarium from West Elm


Aqua Glass Vase from West Elm


Terrarium from Pottery Barn


Hanging Glass Bubbles, wedding gifts

 

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My Little Patio Garden, Part 2

Last year my father built me a large green garden box.  I have to say, it was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.  It’s a gift that has definitely kept on giving.  This is part 2 of My Little Patio Garden series.  Read part 1 HERE.  {Part 1 is spring and summer of 2011.}  I’ll admit, I absolutely love these photos that I took…but I must give credit where it is due.  My amazing husband planted our veggies and watered them throughout the entire summer.  He is the keeper of my heart, and of my garden.  And then my mother.  She is the one who chose and planted my amazing flowers.  Her magical relationship with all things that grow always astounds me.  She is now, and forever will be, the greatest gardener I will ever know.  Thank you Momma for making my home so pretty!

May 2012

Look at its toes!!!

The love of my life.  {Right after my husband of course.}

This was my Cherry Blossom tree in early May…

…then in late May.

June 2012

The garden was covered in ladybugs for almost a week.  They bring good luck!

A bouquet of cilantro for me…be still my heart.  :)

July 2012

Cherry tomatoes!!!  My favorite part!

My favorite recipe that uses cherry tomatoes is HERE.

Let in the light!

Try these strawberry pancakes for breakfast!

August 2012

Tomatillos!

Heat things up a bit!

 

 

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In Bloom

Today is the first official day of summer.  {Or it was yesterday depending on who or what you ask.}  Most of my flowers are in full bloom and my veggie plants are following close behind.  We’ve had about 10-12 cherry tomatoes so far and our first jalapeno is growing!  I get so excited every time I walk out there and see something new.  We’ve already eaten so much of our basil, cilantro, and parsley and hopefully our strawberries are thinking of making an appearance.  I love, love, love summer.  Caprese salad anyone?  :)

 

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My Little Patio Garden, Part 1

Last year my father built me a large green garden box.  I have to say, it was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.  The day I came home from work and it had magically appeared on my back porch was just delightful!  Now seriously, ten years ago, if someone had told me I would drool over a standing garden box, I would never believe them.  But these days, I get genuinely giddy when I see things that I have helped nurture, grow and thrive.  We have plants all over our kitchen and living room.  They make our house feel like a happy home where things come to bloom.  Cheesy I know, but true.

So last summer, Justin and I planted our first garden.  Twice.  (Frankie climbed in one day and dug up all of my seedlings the first time…leading to some very interesting mystery plants later on.)  But the second time around was more than a success!  For almost four months, we never needed to buy tomatoes, jalapenos, cucumbers, basil, chives, garlic, shallots, and strawberries.  We learned a lot about patio gardening (like snap peas are NOT a good idea…they climb, lettuce takes a long time to grow, and cucumbers have creepy tendrils that latch on to everything) and we began to really appreciate where our food comes from.  If you are able, I highly encourage you to grow your own food.  Any food will do, even if it’s just one thing.  Here is our garden from last summer…

May 2011

Right before Frankie got in and destroyed everything. Yes, he climbed up in there…

May-Flowers!

Strawberries!

Strawberries!

June 2011

Everything started growing wonderfully! (With a few mysterious random plants scattered here and there.)

Tomatoes!

We had more tomatoes than we knew what to do with!

Orly's-XOXOs

A little garden decor…handmade by the AMAZING Orly Pittel! Go see her beautiful stuff at http://www.etsy.com/shop/orlydesign.

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Another little piece from Orly’s shop! http://www.etsy.com/shop/orlydesign

Veggies!

Lettuce, jalapenos, basil, and cucumbers!

July 2011

The beans took over and created a gnarly mass…but everything still grew perfectly.

More-veggies!

Shallots, garlic, and lettuce.

Shallots

jalepenos-and-tomatoes-in-basket
August 2011

Snap-peas-and-lettuce

More-flowers!

Purple-tiny-flowers
May 2012

Surprisingly, a few things made it through winter and sprouted up again in early May. But we’re starting over and I’m super excited!

Grow something!  Even if it’s in a tiny pot in your kitchen…

Rosemary.

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